Our original plan for our beekeeping adventures at the farm was to work up to having six hives total, three beds like we have below, with two hives in each. This is in the area next to the garden we call the "bee yard".
But with the loss of one hive this season (the one on the right), we figured we should wait until we can keep two hives alive through a season before we expand our operation, ha. So the other day, we ordered another package of working ladies for next season (wait, that sounds wrong, LOL).
We ordered ours, once again from this place, R Weaver Apiaries. We don't get anything from them in return for this post, this is just our own recommendation for really high quality bees from a company that cares about what they do. They originally came highly recommend by a reader of the blog who gets his bees at the same place (thank you again for everything JM!). This company has been in business since 1888 so they must be doing something right.
We ordered another package of BUCKFAST bees. They are an Italian bee that was first developed by Brother Adam who was in charge of beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey in England. Brother Adam has a fascinating story, if you're interested click HERE to read his Wiki entry. They were developed for their highly desired qualities. Even though we lost a hive, we won't blame that on the variety because the one next to it is thriving.
So anyway, they are ordered. Yay! You have to buy them now for delivery next Spring. Yep, nothing like paying for something now that you won't get for almost six months. Our "pick up date" is April 9, 2016. Fortunately, it's not a long drive from the farm, and when you are driving with 10,000 bees in the back seat, you want to be as close to home as possible.